Donald Trump’s new executive order on H1B visas to hit Indian techies

Donald Trump’s administration has drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling the work-visa programs tech companies depend on to hire employees


US President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order aimed at strangulating work-visa programs, including the H1B and L1 visas used by Indian IT professionals, as part of a larger immigration reform effort, a top White House official has said.

The executive order drafted by the Trump Administration not only strangulates H-1B and L1 visas but also increases inspector raj and ends employment authorization cards to spouses on such work visas, which was recently introduced by the previous Obama Administration.

The draft of the order was leaked and published by some news websites yesterday.
“I think with respect to H1Bs and other visa is part of a larger immigration reform effort that the President will continue to talk about through executive order and through working with Congress,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference.

“You’ve already seen a lot of action on immigration, and I think whether it’s that or the spousal visas or another type of visas, I think there’s an overall need to look at all of these programs. You’ll see both through executive action and through comprehensive measures a way to address immigration as a whole and the visa program,” Spicer said.

As per the leaked draft order, Trump would reverse Obama’s extension of the duration of the optional practical training work visas, which allowed international students to stay in the US a bit longer after completion of their studies.

Within 90 days of the signing of the executive order, the Secretary of Homeland Security would have to review all regulations that allow foreign nationals to work in the US and determine which of those regulations violate the immigration laws or are not in the national interest of America.

It would also immediately terminate all parole policies.

The executive order will also ask the Secretaries of Labour and Homeland Security to restore the integrity of employment-based nonimmigrant worker programs and better protect the US and foreign workers affected by these programs.

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